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Green Building MSc, PGDip, PGCert

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Full time | Centre for Alternative Technology | 18 months | 01-SEP-23

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Full time


18 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Environmental (Green) Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Develop a deep understanding and confidence around sustainable design principles and sustainable materials, their regulatory and legal requirements and their practical use, on our MSc in Green Building.

To reach zero carbon in the design and building industry, the materials and methods used must be adapted. CAT’s unique on-site study experience combines hands-on practical learning with in-depth academic study, so will allow you to learn about and experience sustainable building methods and materials. Through this course, you will also acquire a rigorous understanding of the social, practical, political, economic and environmental aspects of green building and construction.

Key areas of study

Throughout the course you will explore topics relating to building design, planning and retrofitting through understanding the theory behind the selection and use of materials, energy flows in buildings, site selection and preparation, waste management, project management and the building project life cycle.

Some of the topics you’ll study will include:

  • Sustainability thinking and adaptation transformation planning
  • Building design, planning and retrofitting
  • Selection and evaluation of materials and sources
  • Efficient use of materials and energy
  • Attitudinal and behavioural issues of energy and materials use and control
  • Post-occupancy evaluation of buildings performance
  • Water and waste management
  • Policy and planning issues


Introduction to Sustainability and Adaptation, Sustainability and Adaptation Concepts in Practice, Sustainable Materials in the Built Environment, Applied Research Design, MSc Dissertation.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a Bachelor's degree, or knowledge and skills equivalent to degree standard.